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School consolidation talks in Starkville and Oktibbeha County

Commission on consolidating Starkville and Oktibbeha County Schools meets
Commission on consolidating Starkville and Oktibbeha County Schools meets
Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 6/06/2013 5:18 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - From financial records to personnel, a wide range of issues is up for discussion concerning the planned consolidation of Starkville and Oktibbeha County Schools.

The Commission on Starkville/Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Structure met in Starkville.

The group includes representatives from Starkville, Oktibbeha County and the Mississippi Department of Education.

This was only their second meeting as members move toward a July 2015 planned consolidation of the two school systems.

Before that however, in early 2014, the commission will present its recommendations to the legislature on exactly how the two districts will become one.

Pete Smith with the Mississippi Department of Education said, "The commission will complete its duties by the legislative session. They will present a report to the legislature. It will then be up to the legislature to take the recommendations from the commission or not."

Smith also says along with Starkville and Oktibbeha County, the legislature has consolidated other school districts in recent years.

They are in Sunflower and Bolivar Counties.
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